OFSAA 2017 Nordic Skiing Championships

March 3, 2017 by  
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Para Stand Boys 2.5km Mark Cheek, Huntsvile HS Hudson Booth, Almaguin Highland SS Rory McDonald, Mayfield, SS
Para Stand Girls’ 2.5km Audreanne Soenens, Macdonald Cartier Clarista Ardiel, Almaguin HIhgland SS
Para Sit Boys’ 2.5km Caelan Flannigan, Timiskaming DSS
Junior Girls’ 4km Lila Yuhasz-Bell, Owen Sound DSS Kristen Kornell, École secondaire catholique Thériault Colleen Beck, Owen Sound DSS
Junior Boys’ 5km Tyler Allan, Ashbury College Nick Poole, Parry Sound HS Cameron Pouw, Glebe CI
Senior Girls’ 5km Olivia Westbrooke, Collingwood CI Natasia Varieur, Huntsville HS Shaylynn Loewen, Parry Sound HS
Senior Boys’ 7km Alec MacLean, Eastview SS Pierre Grall-Johnson, Glebe CI Oliver Grocott, University of Toronto School
Junior Girls’ Team Parry Sound High School Nepean Secondary School Lo-Ellen Secondary School
Junior Boys’ Team Glebe Collegiate Institute Parry Sound High School Lo-Ellen Secondary School
Senior Girls’ Team Collingwood Secondary School Lo-Ellen Secondary School Glebe Collegiate Institute
Senior Boys’ Team Glebe Collegiate Institute Owen Sound District Seocndary School Adam Scott CVI
Junior Combined Team Parry Sound High School
Senior Combined Team Glebe Collegiate Institute

Congradulations to the Combined Team Awards

Junior: Parry Sound High School              Senior: Glebe Collegiate Institute



Junior Girls 3.2km Parry Sound High School Neaean High School Collingwood Collegiate Institute
Junior Boys 3.2km Glebe Collegiate Institute Parry Sound High School Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School
Senior Girls 3.2km Collingwood Collegiate Institute Glebe Collegiate Institute Parry Sound High School
Senior Boys 3.2km Glebe Collegiate Institute B Glebe Institute Institute Owen Sound District Secondary School



GALLERY: Glebe garners gold

Thomas Perry

By Thomas Perry, The Daily Press (Timmins)

With temperatures hovering around -28 C with the windchill factor, skiers waiting to hit the trails huddled together bundled up in warm clothes and blankets as they waited their turns to take to the course for the four-kilometre team relay races that wrapped up the two-day competitions.

Teagan Harris, who skied the anchor leg for Glebe Collegiate Institute’s gold medal winning B Team from Ottawa, in the Senior Boys Relay Final took some pride in his foursome’s ability to beat not only the teams from other high schools, but also Glebe’s A Team, which captured the silver medal on Wednesday.

“We tried to match the teams pretty evenly today,” he said following Wednesday’s medal presentation ceremony.

“Our fastest guy decided not to come because he is sick, but we still had a great race and pulled it off today. It was awesome and unexpected.”

Skiing the final one-kilometre leg for his team, Harris had to wait in the cold for his chance to take it home.

“I knew that we had a pretty good lead, but I knew the guy behind me was faster than I am so I just had to hammer it home,” he said.

“It was pretty cold standing there waiting, but I had this great blanket, so it wasn’t that bad.

“It was pretty chilly today and a lot different than yesterday, that’s for sure. Today it was pretty icy, because we had some rain yesterday and then things froze over with the cold temperatures.

“The course itself was very well groomed, so we didn’t see that so much on the course. The snow on the course was pretty good, so that wasn’t a problem, but the warm-up loop was a bit icy.”

Harris, who was participating in his fourth OFSAA, thoroughly enjoyed his time in Timmins.

“It has been just great,” he said.

“The people at the place we stayed were so friendly and the people here at the Porcupine Ski Runners have just been awesome. It has really been a great experience in general.”

The bronze medal in the Senior Boys Relay Final went to Owen Sound District Secondary School.

Collingwood Collegiate Institute captured the gold medals in the Senior Girls Relay Final, with Glebe Collegiate Institute capturing the silver medals, while Parry Sound High School skied off with the bronze medals.

The combined two-day award for Senior Boys and Senior Girls went to Glebe Collegiate Institute.

In the Junior Boys Relay Final, Glebe Collegiate Institute earned the gold medals, with the silver medals going to Parry Sound High School and the bronze medals to Sudbury’s Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School.

Parry Sound High School won the gold medals in the Junior Girls Relay Final, while Nepean High School took home the silver medals and Collingwood Collegiate Institute earned the bronze medals.

The combined two-day award for Junior Boys and Junior Girls went to Parry Sound High School.

Brooke Jank, who skied the second leg for Adam Scott Collegiate Vocational Institute’s eighth-place finishing Senior Girls squad, also noticed a big difference between conditions Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The course was very fast today,” she said.

“It was really chilly, as well. It was so cold it felt like my fingers were going to fall off. Watching as my teammates finished up the race was definitely colder, because by then the adrenalin was out of my system.”

There were, of course, some advantages to the colder temperatures.

“I think it made us ski a little faster,” Jank said.

“I wanted to get it over with quicker so we could get into the warmth.”

Like Harris, Jank enjoyed her time in Timmins.

“It was an amazing time,” she said.

“This was my first OFSAA and my first year skiing, so this was quite an experience. It is beautiful here.”

Jank had never visited Timmins before, but based upon her positive experience, she would like to return again some day.”

Lisa Romanowski, one of the organizers of the 2017 OFSAA Nordic Championships co-hosted by O’Gorman High School and Timmins High & Vocational School, felt things ran pretty smoothly over the course of the two-day event.

“It is really nice to see the community come together when we put on an event like this,” she said.

“We had the Porcupine Ski Runners, O’Gorman and TH&VS all working together. Seeing the kids come in and talking about how wonderful our trails are and how great of an experience it was, how much fun they have had, coaches smiling and saying it is a great event, makes it all worth while.

“It really speaks to what Timmins can do when we pull together.”

Clearly OFSAA officials must agree since the city also hosted the event in 2014, which will likely bode well for future bids.

“We have the facilities and we have proven twice that we can host an event of this magnitude and host it very well,” Romanowski said.

“If we had the people in place to pull off an event of this magnitude, we would definitely consider it again.”

That said, there is no bid in for Timmins to host the 2018 OFSAA Nordic Championships, nor is one likely forthcoming.

“We are likely going to take a couple of years off,” Romanowski said, with a chuckle.

“We are going to relax and enjoy things.

Some of the planned activities were affected by the weather on Wednesday.

“We had some weather alerts down south of us, so we made some modifications to our timelines,” Romanowski said.

“We started things an hour earlier than we had originally planned, which meant we didn’t get to have our fun relays for our individual kids.

“Athlete safety is our first priority, so we wanted to get the teams on their way home as early as we could and get a little bit more daylight in their travel time

GALLERY: Kornell captures silver

Thomas Perry

By Thomas Perry, The Daily Press (Timmins)

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